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Dog's coming up to 2 but has never been interested in food, getting him to eat anything is an absolute chore.

At the moment he's eating tripe mince mixed with dry but just picking around the dry - so only eating the tripe really, but not very enthusiastically at that.

I've tried chicken and lamb complete minces and he'll sniff it and walk away without touching it.

Tried dry foods but same reaction as above.

Had him to the vets as a precaution but nothing wrong after blood tests.

I've put the food down for 30 mins and taken it away but he went days without eating fck all.

I've read that having his balls off will get him interested in food but I'd rather not go down that road as he's a bit nervy as it is.

Has anyone got any suggestions/advice?

In all honesty it's doing my head in, I'd much rather a greedy dog than having to battle every day to get him to eat.

Cheers

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Just now, W. Katchum said:

Get another dog👍

Haha not in the position for another at the moment but the thought has crossed my mind to add some competition.

Unfortunately he's got a nice temp apart from the above so won't be going anwhere🙄

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What he's saying is create competition mate ;)

Put the food down. If it doesn't eat it, take it away and put it out of reach. Next day give it the same bowl (for biscuits) for raw pop it in the fridge when the dog ain't looking.

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9 minutes ago, MH1 said:

Haha not in the position for another at the moment but the thought has crossed my mind to add some competition.

Unfortunately he's got a nice temp apart from the above so won't be going anwhere🙄

Borrow one or feed him elsewhere that has a dog, won’t take long to get sorted. But other than that aslong as it don’t look like an rspca advert then don’t dress too much 👍

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23 hours ago, mushroom said:

What he's saying is create competition mate ;)

Put the food down. If it doesn't eat it, take it away and put it out of reach. Next day give it the same bowl (for biscuits) for raw pop it in the fridge when the dog ain't looking.

Been doing this but he's a stubborn fcker! Goes a few days without, stuffs his face then goes back to picking the next day.

He's not in bad shape as far as I can tell and good energy levels. All other dogs I've had experience with have been greedy but this picking at food fcks me off no end lol.

 

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Hand feed the f****r everything, 

get to the stage where he’s pushing in on  your left hand to get the food in your right   Won’t happen overnight but what it does is , it give the dog a feeling of overcoming you/something and reduces fear overall 

He won’t f***ing  starve himself, pushing for food builds confidence and gives the dog a sense of achievement, I mechanically use it to speed up bonding in a pup with its owner, it has to tune in to you, to apply physical force   If ya get my drift bud ✌️

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On 12/10/2019 at 00:30, MH1 said:

Been doing this but he's a stubborn fcker! Goes a few days without, stuffs his face then goes back to picking the next day.

He's not in bad shape as far as I can tell and good energy levels. All other dogs I've had experience with have been greedy but this picking at food fcks me off no end lol.

 

When you say he stuffs his face how much do you let him eat? Maybe only give him a bit until he is eating daily and then gradually up the amounts?  

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12 hours ago, Casso said:

Hand feed the f****r everything, 

get to the stage where he’s pushing in on  your left hand to get the food in your right   Won’t happen overnight but what it does is , it give the dog a feeling of overcoming you/something and reduces fear overall 

He won’t f***ing  starve himself, pushing for food builds confidence and gives the dog a sense of achievement, I mechanically use it to speed up bonding in a pup with its owner, it has to tune in to you, to apply physical force   If ya get my drift bud ✌️

Went through a stage where he would only eat out of my hand if we were playing tug/flirt pole, if we weren't playing that he wasn't interested lol. I've tried when we were out and about but he'd sniff it then turn his head away.

He's a strange one, seems like the more I do to get him on board the more he resists and the less I do the more he wants to be part of the team, so to speak.

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11 hours ago, gnipper said:

When you say he stuffs his face how much do you let him eat? Maybe only give him a bit until he is eating daily and then gradually up the amounts?  

Was just a days worth mate, he's not getting over fed at all.

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Give him half a days worth and then he might eat another half the next day etc.

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1 hour ago, MH1 said:

Went through a stage where he would only eat out of my hand if we were playing tug/flirt pole, if we weren't playing that he wasn't interested lol. I've tried when we were out and about but he'd sniff it then turn his head away.

He's a strange one, seems like the more I do to get him on board the more he resists and the less I do the more he wants to be part of the team, so to speak.

Your on to something there , the state of mind and the urge to eat are connected in the dog so things have to be moving in it’s environment, it included 

high vibrating dog doesn’t like static situations like a bowl , food can make a dog feel vulnerable makes it feel a little panicky,little fearful ,

 get contact to eat , it would also work on the down but only by  luring, then feeding in the down , gives the dog something to do with its energy and that build up gives the dog a focus for it  when you whisk your hand in with a mouthful of food , 

It’s a pain in the ass issue but a lot of these issues don’t just stand on their own it’s in the rest of the behaviour as well , if ya get me 

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11 hours ago, gnipper said:

Give him half a days worth and then he might eat another half the next day etc.

 

9 hours ago, Candle said:

If dogs fit and healthy there's probably a little to much going in the food pan.

Good points, cheers, physically he's fine so maybe just doesn't have a big appetite 

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9 hours ago, Casso said:

Your on to something there , the state of mind and the urge to eat are connected in the dog so things have to be moving in it’s environment, it included 

high vibrating dog doesn’t like static situations like a bowl , food can make a dog feel vulnerable makes it feel a little panicky,little fearful ,

 get contact to eat , it would also work on the down but only by  luring, then feeding in the down , gives the dog something to do with its energy and that build up gives the dog a focus for it  when you whisk your hand in with a mouthful of food , 

It’s a pain in the ass issue but a lot of these issues don’t just stand on their own it’s in the rest of the behaviour as well , if ya get me 

100% agree, if he's been in a situation where I know he's been stressed it's a nightmare to get him to do anything.

Thanks for the other points, I'll try and get him to take more food when we're out mooching about 

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